“A once in a life time event” – that is how Mike described this tour once it all started to become a reality. This is a fantasy to every Dream Theater fan since 2010, and it was indeed an incredible gift to us all. Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris show reviewed below.
THE SHATTERED FORTRESS is by no means a new project by Mr PORTNOY but an exceptional and unique event. Accompanied by members of HAKEN and NEAL MORSE BAND, Mike PORTNOY will perform “12 Step Suite” in its entirety for the first time as well as a selection of classics from DREAM THEATER.
Line up: Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Charlie Griffiths, Diego Tejeida, Richard Henshall, Conner Green, and Ross Jennings
Joining THE SHATTERED FORTRESS are none other than NEXT TO NONE (whom we interviewed last year >here<). The band was formed in 2013 and spent several years performing live and writing music. In 2015, Next To None released their first album, “A Light In The Dark”, through Inside Out Music and produced by Mike Portnoy. This album received rave reviews worldwide, which credited them as one of the youngest bands to break into the progressive metal genre, also landing Max Portnoy Rhythm Magazine’s “BEST NEW DRUMMER OF 2015” award.
Line up: Max Portnoy, Derrick Schneider, Kris Rank, and Thomas Cuce.
Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has recently stated in an interview with Stage Shottz that he has no interest in “playing perfect”; which has left many fans surprised as he is known as a very technically skilled drummer from his 25 years with Dream Theater. Continue reading
The Neal Morse Band were on for their second night in Europe, Paris, AlHambra, a beautiful venue in the city of lights, packed with prog enthusiasts.
Neal Morse was joined with a lineup of fine musicians, Mike Portnoy on Drums, Randy George on Bass Guitar, Bill Hubauer on Keys and Eric Gillette on Guitar.
The show was very entertaining and enchanted by the different costumes of Neal Morse and a brilliant video wall behind the band.
Bill is a very skilled keys player but also provides vocal parts in a few songs, while Eric wowed the crowd every time with his guitar techniques.
A terrific show by all means, long and proggy with an epic performance by all members, Portnoy’s groovy drumming was no strange to the prog nation, it’s easy to say that two hours and a half passed really fast, with a small break half way through the show, the band took a breath to come back and continue an epic play list of the entire catalog of Neal Morse.
The ending was a surprise, the band took us on a great and proggy adventure playing a terrific encore from the finest moments of Neal Morse’s career since he began his journey as a solo artist, they started with The Land Of Beginning Again, Reunion, The Temple Of The Living God and all the way to close the curtains with The Call followed by Broken Sky and Long Day (reprise).
Three hours from Paris in my car, it’s probably the longest ride as I drive, I can’t wait to be on site, I count every minute while my car player is shuffling a playlist that I create each year based on the bands playing Hellfest.
No one can deny that Jay Wud, the 4-piece band from Dubai, has become a household name in the Rock and Metal community. The Lebanese guitarist and his multinational band have crossed many borders throughout the years.
Jay Wud are no strangers to the international platforms as they performed in the legendary VIPER ROOM in Los Angeles, as well in several festivals in Europe and the region. Opening for bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, and Skunk Anansie surely made Jay Wud one of the biggest names in the Middle East. And now, Jay Wud Tour with Sons Of Apollo just lifted the bar even higher.
Few Days ago, Jay announced a tour with the super-group SONS OF APOLLO that features Dream Theater’s ex-Drummer Mike Portnoy and ex-Keyboardist Derick Sherinian. Jay Wud will participate in 5 of the 9 shows of the UK & IRELAND 2018 SOS tour.
In addition to the tour, Jay Wud announced in January his participation in the Amplified Festival in the UK on July 8th here.
JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO Dates
02.07 Motherwell, Motherwell concert hall
03.07 Belfast, Limelight
04.07 Dublin, Tivoli
07.07 Brighton, The Haunt
08.07 Gloucestershire UK, Amplified Festival (not as part of SOS tour)
08.07 Nottingham, Rescue Room
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Gallery of Progressive Metal band Anneke Van Giersbergen’s Vuur Live In Paris on December 7, 2017 at Le Trabendo. Supporting bands: SCAR SYMMETRY (death prog) & MY PROPANE (alternative metal). Check out our review >here<.
LISTEN TO OUR EXCLUSIVE PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH ANNEKE >HERE<